Women's Basketball Concludes Season With 70-53 Loss To Creighton In BIG EAST Tournament

March 5, 2016

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CHICAGO, ILL. - The Providence College women’s basketball team concluded its season with a 70-53 loss to Creighton in the BIG EAST Tournament First Round on March 5 in Chicago, Ill. Freshman guard Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) paced the Friars with 14 points on 6-8 shooting from the field, including 2-3 from three-point territory. The Friars entered the tournament as the No. 10 seed and finished the year with a 5-24 record. Creighton, the tournament’s No. 7 seed, improves to 15-16 and will advance to the Quarterfinals on March 6 against No. 2 Villanova.

Creighton got out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter as the Friars missed their first 10 shots from the field through 7:00 minutes of play. Che got the Friars on the board with a triple from the right baseline with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter, but the Bluejays held a 21-7 advantage after the opening quarter.

Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) opened the second quarter with a lay-up at the 9:47 mark and Creighton answered right back with a jumper from Sydney Lamberty to give the Jays a 23-9 lead.

Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) knocked down a three-point bucket at the 9:12 mark and sparked a 14-6 run to get the Friars within six (29-23) with 3:04 remaining in the second quarter. Che hit her second three-pointer of the game with 16-seconds left on the clock, closing the deficit to five heading into halftime (33-28). The Friars out-scored the Bluejays, 21-12, in the second quarter overall.

Providence was within two (42-40) with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter, but Creighton scored seven-straight points to push its lead to nine (49-40) with 2:03 left on the clock. The Jays maintained their nine-point lead (52-43) heading into the final 10 minutes of action.

MC McGrory converted a lay-up on Creighton’s first possession of the fourth quarter just 11 seconds into the action, and the Bluejays never looked back. The lead stretched out to 21 (66-45) with 7:17 remaining in the game and Creighton cruised to a 70-53 victory.



Nogic finished the day with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) also contributed eight points, followed by six points apiece from Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy).

Audrey Faber led Creighton with 16 points, including 12 in the second half. McGrory chipped in 15 points, while Jade Owens added 13 points and a game-high seven assists.


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